This or That: What's the Difference Between Helichrysum Essential Oils?

by Jenna Jones December 08, 2016

This or That: What's The Difference Between Helichrysum Essential Oils?

Helichrysum has been highly esteemed as a superior healing oil for centuries, and many who’ve used this oil can understand why. It’s been likened to liquid gold for its natural medicinal qualities, and because of the yellow daisy-like flowers it produces, making this oil a must-have for anyone’s medicine cabinet. So if you’re not wanting to purchase both Helichrysums at the same time, which of these oils do you pick? Let's look in-depth at the differences and similarities between Helichrysum Italicum and Gymnocephalum.


Its high 1,8 cineole content gives this oil a cool, medicinal quality. Helichrysum gymnocephalum can be used to support the respiratory system, and when paired with Helichrysum italicum, it may soothe symptoms of allergies such as sneezing. Native to Madagascar, this oil has also been used for its benefit as an antiseptic when diluted. Helichrysum gymnocephalum may be a good EO to alternate between Eucalyptus, as it shares a similar aroma and therapeutic properties. 



When the hot summer months start to do a number on your skin, how do you protect yourself? Helichrysum Italicum is best known for its skin nourishing, healing and restorative properties. More specifically, this golden oil has properties which heal soft tissue damage and is part of our Scar Therapy Essential Oil Roll-On. It also helps heal, pain, inflammation, bruising, relieve itching and prevent infection (1). So if you’re looking for an oil for daily skincare, look no further. Italicum is also said to activate the right side of the brain, deepening intuition, and making this oil emotionally balancing. Its aroma is sweet and honey-like and can be overpowering (2). In other words, a little goes a long way when adding this oil to an aromatic blend. Furthermore, according to author and aromatherapist Patricia Davis, Helichrysum Italicum is like “honey for the psyche.” What more is there to say about this timeless oil?

This or That?

When it comes to 100% pure essential oil varieties, there are endless options at Edens Garden, which can make deciding which to try a little challenging. That’s why we created the This or That series to help you understand the differences and similarities between essential oil varieties and make choosing (or grabbing them all) an educated decision. Read more about the differences between our Orange, Frankincense, Lavender oils and more on our blog.

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Edens Garden

February 28, 2024 at 9:31 am

Hi Kerry! It seems this variety of Helichrysum can be made into an essential oil but it isn’t commercially available. This study looks at the chemical composition of Helichrysum umbraculigerum essential oil:

Kerry Fernandez

February 28, 2024 at 9:23 am

Hi. I’d like to know if there is any research in helichrysum umbraculigerum? Meaning if it has ever been extracted as an oil. The benefits of CBG are higher in this plant, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Thank you!

Edens Garden

April 17, 2023 at 9:11 am

Hi Betty! A plant extract can refer to many things – essential oil, absolute, CO2 extract, tincture, etc. You may need to ask the company offering Helichrysum plant extract for more information on what type of oil they offer.

Betty Beaton

April 17, 2023 at 9:09 am

What is the difference between Helichrysum oil and plant extract

Edens Garden

April 10, 2023 at 8:05 am

Hi Victoria! You can discover our top tips on essential oils for tinnitus here:


April 10, 2023 at 8:04 am

What essential oil is good for tinnitus ?
Thank you

Edens Garden

December 9, 2022 at 11:33 am

Hi Lori! Helichrysum- italicum is preferred for circulation 😉


December 9, 2022 at 10:53 am

Which is better for circulation in the legs and feet?

Edens Garden

March 17, 2022 at 10:15 am

Hi Lorie! Please contact our aromatherapists for more info:


March 17, 2022 at 10:15 am

Greetings – which is best used for macular degeneration? Thanks

ElLois E Betts

February 15, 2021 at 9:56 am

This is the first site to explain there are 2 types of Helichrysum.
So thank you very much for this information!